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1. Higher Education Exploration as Final Exam

(100 points)

Students will compose an oral (10 points) and written (90 points) Exploration on an issue in higher education meeting all aspects of core standard three.

For the Exploration, the student will select an issue within higher education (i.e. environmental sustainability, fundraising, creativity and innovation, campus sexual assault, etc.). Thorough historical and current event research on the issue should be conducted and examples cited from three different sources. The Exploration should be eight to ten typed double-spaced pages (not including title and reference pages, etc.) in APA style. A minimum of three referenced sources should be used during research and cited in the Exploration.

An ecopy (on BB) of the Exploration is due at the beginning of the last day of class. Included will be a self-graded rubric. Also, each student will concisely present a five-minute oral report on the Exploration. This is a formal event, modeling a graduate student conference panel presentation. Professional attire is expected.

The Exploration should include:

History of the issue

Current events of the issue

How the issue impacts their desired role in higher education.

Possible solutions to the issue.

Possible hindrances to addressing the issue.

100 % Criteria





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Paper Content

Paper is unorganized. Lack of research and supporting information is missing. Overall purpose of the paper is not clear.

Paper is unorganized and not supported by quality research. Ideas seem incomplete and author’s stance is insufficiently developed.

Paper is presented but research and argument are cursory. Author’s stance is vague.

Paper is reasonably organized and includes a moderate amount of detail. Citations relatively fit the author’s purpose.

Paper is thoroughly researched and written with rich detail and all necessary elements. Thought process is supported by research.



Presentation was shorter than 5 minutes. Slides and presentation show minimal work and research. Student was unable to answer basic questions surrounding the topic.

Presentation is shorter than 5 minutes. Slides are unorganized with minimal work evident. Presentation shows a low level of research. Student was not prepared for questions.

Presentation is shorter than 5 minutes. Slides are organized but lack adequate information. Presentation shows moderate level of research. Student was able to adequately answer questions.

Presentation meets 5 minute requirement.

Slides are easy to read but there are no special elements or extra work evident. Presentation shows moderate research. Student could adequately answer questions.

Presentation meets 5 minute requirement. Slides are well designed and easy to read. Presentation shows in-depth research. Student spoke clearly and was able to answer questions.


Mechanics of Writing

Mechanical errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.

Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used.

Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.


APA Format

Required format is rarely followed correctly. No reference page is included. No in-text citations are used.

Required format elements are missing or incorrect. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. Reference page is present. However, in-text citations are inconsistently used.

Required format is generally correct. However, errors are present (e.g. font, cover page, margins, and in-text citations). Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented though some errors are present.

Required format is used, but minor errors are present (e.g. headings and direct quotes). Reference page is present and includes all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct.

The document is correctly formatted. In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of errors.

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